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TOOLS, ADVICE AND THE ART OF CAR CARE

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BASIC MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

VEHICLE: DATE: NOTES:

Follow the suggested steps below to keep your car in top running shape.

Remember, these are general guidelines. As always, refer to your Owner's Manual for specific recommendations for your car.

EVERY TIME YOU FILL UP YOUR TANK:

1. 2. Check your oil level Add a gas treatment to your gas tank to help fight the accumulation of harmful deposits in the fuel system

EVERY 3,000 MILES:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. * Change your oil and oil filter Add an oil treatment to your motor oil Clean your fuel injectors with a commercial cleaner fluid Check your fan belt Check your hoses and cooling system Check your brake fluid Check your power steering fluid Check your transmission fluid

For steps 4-8, please see the step-by-step instructions on pages 2 and 3.

EVERY TWO YEARS:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Change your engine coolant Change your brake fluid Change your spark plugs Change your fuel filter Change your air filter

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STEP-BY -STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Follow the suggested steps below to keep your car in top running shape.

Remember, these are general guidelines. As always, refer to your Owner's Manual for specific recommendations for your car.

NOTES:

CHECK YOUR FAN BELT EVERY OIL CHANGE (3,000 MILES):

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. First, be sure the engine is turned off, cool to the touch, and the ignition key is removed. Look for the following: excessive looseness, cracks, and glazed or shiny rubber. If any of those problems are visible, you should replace your fan belts. Otherwise, get them changed every two years. If you are uncertain about the condition of your fan belts, have them checked by a trained technician.

CHECK YOUR HOSES AND COOLING SYSTEM EVERY OIL CHANGE (3,000 MILES):

1. 2. 3. First, be sure the engine is turned off, cool to the touch, and the ignition key is removed. Check that your coolant is filled to the proper level. When checking hoses you should be looking for the following: leaks and excessive hardness or softness. If your hoses have any of those problems, have them replaced. Check the clamps on your hoses to make sure they are tight. If your hoses are over three years old, consider having them replaced. Change your coolant every two years.

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CHECK YOUR BRAKE FLUID EVERY OIL CHANGE (3,000 MILES):

1. The brake fluid reservoir is usually located inside the engine compartment, directly in front of the steering wheel area for vehicles with the engine located in the front. Most fluid reservoirs today are made with a see-through plastic that allows you to see the level of fluid without removing the reservoir cover. If the reservoir cover must be removed, either to check the fluid level or to add a small amount, be sure to clean the area before removing the reservoir cap to prevent dirt contamination. Also, be sure to open the reservoir only as long as it takes to check or add fluid.

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STEP-BY -STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Follow the suggested steps below to keep your car in top running shape.

Remember, these are general guidelines. As always, refer to your Owner's Manual for specific recommendations for your car.

NOTES:

CHECK YOUR BRAKE FLUID (CONTINUED):

5. 6. Brake fluid absorbs moisture and can become contaminated if left exposed to the atmosphere for long periods. If you find that your vehicle needs a small amount of brake fluid, be sure to check your Owner's Manual for the correct type to use, or check with your automotive technician. Finally, to keep your brake system in optimal condition, it is a good idea to change your brake fluid every two years.

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CHECK YOUR POWER STEERING SYSTEM EVERY OIL CHANGE (3,000 MILES):

1. 2. First, be sure the engine is turned off, cool to the touch, and the ignition key is removed. Power steering pumps can be located in some out-of-the-way places on some vehicles, but because the pumps are always driven by a fan belt, you should not have a great deal of difficulty in finding the pump on your vehicle. Just follow the path of the fan belts to see what devices they drive, and you will inevitably find the power steering pump. When checking the power steering system, you should be looking for the following: fluid level, pump fan belt (see fan belts for tips), and system leaks. In the case of leaks, use a commercial stop-leak solution.

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CHECK YOUR TRANSMISSION FLUID EVERY OIL CHANGE (3,000 MILES):

1. 2. Check the fluid level according to the manufacturer-specified procedure, usually found in the Owner's Manual. Most often, the transmission is checked while HOT, with the vehicle in park, the emergency brake on, and the engine idling.

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